Donald Simpson Centre funding petition

Redland City Council has been asked by more than 1,500 residents to restore operational funding support to the Donald Simpson Community Centre. At the Council’s general meeting on Wednesday 21 June local resident Debra Swain presented a petition and addressed councillors about the valuable contribution of the Donald Simpson Community Centre to Redland City. Here’s […]

Tourism and CBD incentives on Council agenda

A proposal to continue providing incentives for developers will be considered by Redland City Council at its general meeting on Wednesday 21 June. Councillors will also: discuss an update on activities of the Redlands Economic Development Advisory Board delegate to the CEO a number of powers under the new Planning Act adopt a revenue policy […]

Mayors and ethics: a tale of two cities

During his appearance before the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) recently, Logan City Mayor Luke Smith explained how he dealt with conflicts of interest over political donations. His ethics based approach, if generally adopted, could improve the integrity of local government in Queensland. The night before he was scheduled to appear as a witness at […]

Toondah Harbour assessment decision queried

Letters to the editor this week slam the Federal Environment Minister’s decision to let Walker Group go ahead with environmental assessment of its proposed Toondah Harbour mega-development. Community unhappy about Toondah plans To me, it is scary to realise that just last month, Peter Saba, the general manager for the proposed Toondah Harbour development, seemed […]

Cr Elliott fired up over Council’s “dog act”

Councillors’ reaction to the Ombudsman’s report, overseas travel approvals, the Alex Hills pub upgrade and Donald Simpson Centre funding cuts are discussed in this report on Council activities. Cr Elliott fired up about Ombudsman’s report At its general meeting on 7 June 2017 Redland City Council adopted a policy on funding of legal action on […]

game of mates

Game of Mates is a  new book that explains how politically well connected mates get richer and the public loses out.

Those in the Game are named. The costs of hundreds of billions of dollars a year are laid out. Real solutions are proposed and fake solutions are called out as such”.

Cameron Murray, one of the book’s authors, will speak at a book launch in Redland City hosted by Redlands2030.

Date: Thurs 22 June 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: Redlands Multi-sport Club (NOTE: Thurs 5.30 – 8pm is $10 Steak/salad/chip special)

Venue location: Corner of Randall and Bailey Roads, Birkdale (MAP)

RSVP to  (and donation on entry) would be appreciated.


About Game of Mates

Game of Mates tells a tale of economic theft across major sectors of Australia’s economy, showing how ‘James’ and his group of well-connected Mates siphon off billions from the economy to line their own pockets. In property, mining, transport, banking, superannuation, and many more sectors, James and his Mates cooperate to steal huge chunks of the economic pie for themselves.

If you want to know how much this costs the nation, how it is done, and what we can do about it, Game of Mates is the book for you.

“This book will open your eyes to how Australia really works. It’s not good news, but you need to know it.”

Ross Gittins, The Sydney Morning Herald Economics Editor, see book preview.


While we are distracted by mythical battles in the Game of Thrones, we are being robbed in the real world “Game of Mates” where the well-connected clip the wages and profits of the hard working. Murray and Frijters provide an entertaining and well researched expose of how privilege and rent-seeking dominates the Australian economy, enriching the Mates in the Game while robbing the rest. And they propose how to end the Game. And they name real names too. This is an explosive and essential book for all Australians. Except the Mates.

Professor Steve Keen, Kingston University

About the authors

Dr Cameron Murray.  

Cameron is an economist and consultant who specialises in property markets, environmental economics, and corruption. He teaches at the University of Queensland, blogs at and tweets as DrCameronMurray.

Professor Paul Frijters.

Paul is a prominent research economist and has published over 70 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development. He regularly commentates on economic issues in newspapers and on television, including articles in the New York Times and on the BBC. He specialises in applied micro-econometrics, including labor, happiness, and health economics, though he has also worked on pure theoretical topics in macro and micro fields. Currently, Paul is a Project Director and Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Economic Performance Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics.

Redlands2030 – 10 June 2017

Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 06:00 p.m.
Event: Redlands book launch: Game of Mates
Topic: Redlands Book Launch
Public: Public

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Federal budget ignores young people

Is this the future for many yYoung people?

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Shoreline and Teak Lane on Council agenda

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